Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, an impression will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This impression will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your regular crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the crown. You may again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the crown will be seated using a cement to ensure it is securely retained over the tooth . When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and can last about 10-15 years. You must care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia or gold. To maintain the most natural look and feel a porcelain or zirconia crown is best, as it can be fabricated to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear similar to your natural teeth. A gold crown is durable and extremely comfortable but since it lacks the esthetics of porcelain or zirconia it is usually placed in a less visible area of the mouth.